Close Close
Mother and Baby

Chocolate Cake

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 1 Hour


This standard cake is perfect for family gatherings, first birthdays or days when you just NEED cake

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Grease two 20cm round, non-stick cake tins and line the bases with baking parchment.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until they are light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the egg.

3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder into the bowl, and fold them into the creamed mixture. Divide this between the tins, smoothing the tops with a palette knife. Bake for 20-25minutes, or until firm, then turn out onto a wire rack.

4. Break both the chocolate bars into a bowl and gently melt them over a pan of simmering water. Remove the bowl from the pan. Allow to cool for five minutes, then stir in the cream and leave to thicken for a few minutes.

5. Make sure the cakes are cool before putting on the topping. Put one cake on a serving plate and spread one-quarter of the topping over it. Put the other cake on top and spread the rest of the topping over the top and sides until the cake is evenly coated. Leave to set.

This dish is safe in pregnancy.

This recipe is from Family Kitchen Cookbook, by Caroline Bretherton (DK, £25).





Finger Food

Chop into 3cm slices for a tasty treat for your toddler
Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Chinese Gender predictor
Chinese Gender Predictor

Is it a boy or a girl? Tell our tool the month you concieved and how old you are and find out! 

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby
Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby

Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash

The Magic Sleepsuit
The secret to a quiet night’s sleep – The Magic Sleepsuit

If you’re little one is struggling to settle now they’ve outgrown the swaddling stage, this could be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers!

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

Subscribe to Mother&Baby

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week. 

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?